Jared Kushner Granted Permanent Security Clearance After FBI Background Check

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(Kushner was reportedly first interviewed by the special counsel's team last November.) But, the attorney told The Times, Kushner's security clearance was not delayed by the special counsel's investigation.

Jared Kushner, top aide and son-in-law to President Donald Trump, was recently interviewed for seven hours by special counsel Robert Mueller's team back in April, according to his lawyer Abbe Lowell, as part of the investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

The development ends the range of rumors surrounding whether or not special counsel Robert Mueller has implicating material on Kushner.

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That move was the result of a decision by White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to withdraw the temporary top secret clearances from those employees who had held them for more than eight months without the required background investigations on them having been completed. "Throughout the process, Mr. Kushner has continued to work on a number of foreign policy and domestic issues with no interruption".

"I would say it is the definition of cooperation", Lowell said, pointing to Kushner's willingness to provide documents to the special counsel and to return for another interview when Mueller's team requested one.

The FBI's background check into Kushner's financial history and foreign contacts took more than a year, and his clearance level was downgraded in February, becoming a source of uncertainty for the West Wing aide and blocking him from approved access to some of the nation's most sensitive secrets.

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"His application was properly submitted, reviewed by career officials, and went through the normal process", said Lowell.

Abbe Lowell, who has represented Kushner in the Russian Federation investigation, told CNN's Wolf Blitzer that Kushner answered all the questions that were asked during Kushner's second interview with the Mueller team.

"In each occasion, he answered all questions asked and did whatever he could to expedite the conclusion of the investigations", Lowell told the Times. And Mr. Trump, who once considered Mr. Kushner a trusted adviser, continues to tell friends he wishes that Mr. Kushner and Ms. Trump would return to NY, although Mr. Trump has not voiced this view to his daughter and Mr. Kushner in several months.

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He was with Trump in New Jersey the weekend before former FBI Director James Comey was sacked, and he was among the attendees at a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer at which the president's oldest son was promised negative information about Hillary Clinton.

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